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Man committed for sentencing over sex-worker robbery

HE ONCE told the court "you do the crime, you do the time" and on Thursday troubled Hervey Bay man Jason Bowley stayed true to that motto, pleading guilty to a raft of serious offences.

Bowley was committed for sentencing for the robbery of two sex workers and an armed home invasion during which a gun was fired over an alleged drug debt.

Appearing via video link from Brisbane's Arthur Gorrie jail, Bowley who was dressed in prison browns and had a silver cross dangling from his neck, seemed unfazed by the court proceedings, which would have had him committed for trial had he not been so forthcoming.

While his defence lawyer Kade Eames reminded his client that he didn't need to speak, Bowley called out "guilty" whenever Magistrate Graeme Tatnell asked if there was anything he wished to say in answer to the charges against him.

Bowley, 24, was relatively unknown to the courts until he and his co-accused Dudley Waterton were arrested over the violent robbery of a 64-year-old sex worker at the Pine Lodge Hotel in November.

Investigations led police to believe he was also responsible for the robbery of another sex worker at the same hotel earlier that month.

Another man has also been charged with related offences.

On Thursday, when Mr Tatnell noted "they didn't charge you over that shooting ... I know you were worried about that", Bowley burst out laughing and nodded.

Mr Tatnell noted Bowley's pleas matched his previous statements in court to which Bowley replied "yep and I'm doing the time".

Bowley was committed to the Hervey Bay District Court on a date yet to be decided.

Topics:  armed home invasion, hervey bay, hervey bay court, robbery, sex worker




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